Steve Crawshaw: Havel was a giant for Eastern Europe who must be remembered


Havel was acknowledged leader of Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution" in November 1989 – the most magical of all the revolutions in eastern Europe during that astonishing year. It was an extraordinary experience to stand amidst the vast crowds on Wenceslas Square, as hundreds of thousands forced an unbending regime to collapse like a house of cards, and as the crowds called for Havel na Hrad!¸– "Havel to the Castle!", the presidential buildings on the hill. Hundreds of thousands of Czechs and Slovaks confronted official violence, jangling handbells and keys…

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Protesters, Egypt army clash for 3rd day

CAIRO — Egypt’s ruling military and the revolutionaries who demand they immediately step down battled for a third day in the streets yesterday — and competed fiercely for the support of a broader public that has grown tired of turmoil since the fall of Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago. The […]